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TRUTHOUT REPORT:’Anti-Austerity Protests Erupt in Greece’

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Wednesday 11 May 2011
by: Nadia Prupis, Truthout

Anti-Austerity Protests Erupt in Greece

Tens of thousands of civil service servants in Athens, Greece, walked off the job on Wednesday to protest new government austerity measures, The Wall Street Journal reports. Public services throughout the country closed down as doctors, teachers, transportation officials and journalists joined to form the second major strike in Greece this year, only days before the government is expected to present Parliament with $37.4 billion in spending cuts and tax increases to decrease the budget deficit over the next five years. The country’s public-sector workers have taken the biggest hit in previous austerity measures, with some having their earnings cut by up to 25 percent. “These neoliberal and barbarous policies, which are driving workers and society into poverty for the benefit of creditors and bankers, are taking us back to the last century,” said public-sector union Adedy in a statement.

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Fighting corruption internationally, Internationally significant information, TRUTHOUT

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